As the concept of birthright citizenship becomes a much-talked-about issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, media pundits have discussed several aspects of the practice, including its economic costs, which are impacted by the higher-than-average birthrates of the women involved.

Presidentail candidate Jeb Bush, with an eye towards not alienating Hispanic voters, said his use of the term “anchor baby” was meant to apply mostly to Asians who abuse the  “noble concept.”

Trump has made the U.S. government policy of giving automatic citizenship to the children of illegal aliens an issue in his presidential campaign.

A report released by the non-profit Pew Charitable Trust on August 18 indicated that as of this summer, 10 states and the District of Columbia issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens, and nearly 37 percent of these illegals live in a jurisdiction where they may obtain a license. The states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has supplied only limited information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed in January by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to determine the cost of resettling and educating the tens of thousands of illegal unaccompanied minors who came across the U.S. border last year. ICE has partially answered just two of the five requests.

 

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